I am a VocalPoint member and recently was selected to participate in their recent VPMovieNight. I was sent a movie night kit that included a free copy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on blu-ray/DVD, popcorn bags and popcorn so my family can watch this movie and have our own family movie night and so I can review the movie. I was looking forward to seeing this movie and was actually planning on buying a copy before I was invited to join in on this opportunity. My family enjoyed the first movie so we were looking forward to it!
First I do have to admit, I did like the first movie better. We really liked the first movie. Secret of the Tomb is also a good movie and we enjoyed watching it. The plot was just a little simple which is fine because it’s more for the younger audience. I still recommend this movie and it makes a great family movie. My husband and I both enjoyed it and our kids ages (almost) 6, 9, and 13 really liked it. It had quite a few parts that made us laugh and a few extra that made out kids laugh even more.
A lot of the cast returns from the first movie. Ben Stiller plays Larry, the night guard at the museum in New York, his son Nick played by Skyler Gisondo and of course Robin Williams is back as Teddy, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan as as Jedediah and Octavius and there are also other returning characters from the same cast as the first movie. Jedediah and Octavious still have the same kind of hilarity as in the first movie and I love those two. Of course seeing Robin Williams again in a new movie kind of made me sad. He of course really made Teddy come to life as he did in the first movie. I absolutely love this cast.
So if you have seen the first movie, then you would know how the Tablet of Ahkmenrah makes all the exhibits in the museum come to life at night. By sunrise, they are all turned back into exhibits. The Secret of the Tomb starts out with Larry holding a dinner or banquet at the museum (at night) and all the exhibits were there (of course everyone attending thought they were just special effects, etc. because no one knows the exhibits comes to life except for Larry, his son and a couple other people who worked in the museum in the past). Something happens to them. They start saying strange things and doing strange things and it ends up ruining the night. None of them even remember what happened.
Not long after, they realize that there is something wrong with the Tablet and is effecting all the living exhibits. Larry doesn’t know what to do about it so he does a little research. Long story short, they have to head to the London museum to visit the Egypt exhibit to find out what is wrong with the Tablet. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek who is also returning) along with Teddy, Sacajawea, Jedediah, Octavius, and a couple others head to London with the Tablet.
Of course since the magic of the tablet brings the exhibits to life, all the exhibits in the London museum also come to life and we meet Lancelot (Dan Stevens) who I thought played the part well and loved his character. Of course he came alive for the first time so everything was really confusing to him which is what made his character so funny. So they continue to make their way to the Egypt exhibit and run into yet another bone dinosaur (I remember the whole taming of Rex in the first movie) which I thought that part of it was repetitive but it gives Lancelot something to do. Along they way they lose Jedediah and Octavius which was actually kind of nice because it allowed the movie to go back and forth between what they found themselves in while going back to the main story. I supposed this was to try to avoid making the movie run dry.
But they make it to the exhibit where Ahkmenrah meets his parents. His father tells how the Tablet came to be and what needs to be done to restore the magic of the tablet. But as confused as Lancelot was, he thought the Tablet was the Holy Grail and took off with it. Now they have to find him, fix the tablet, and somehow make it back to New York before sunrise.
Like I said, we enjoyed it. Did I think it was this huge spectacular movie? Not really. But still very enjoyable, there was a bit of humor and a lot of mild jokes. Jokes that the kids thought were over the top hilarious. As we were watching it, I started to assume that it was going to become completely predictable but it really didn’t get that way. There was enough in this movie to keep you entertained, adults and kids both and things didn’t happen exactly like I thought they were going to. Another thing I loved about it was Hugh Jackman’s cameo appearance. Now that was pretty funny. So I definitely recommend seeing it – makes a really great family movie and our kids definitely loved it!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received a free movie night kit that included a copy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb for free. All opinions expressed in my post are 100% my own.